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Weekend OT Program students present capstone projects, receive pins
Posted 04/21/2016 01:42PM

Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekend occupational therapy master's degree program recently received their pins and presented their capstone group research projects at the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.

The collaborative research projects are closely mentored by faculty and are a requirement of the occupational therapy master's degree curriculum. Students began their projects more than 18 months ago. Students received permission to conduct their studies from the Misericordia University Institutional Review Board and then wrote the research proposals, collected data, analyzed data, and wrote the final reports. Each student research group has a faculty research committee chair and faculty reader. The students' topics were chosen collaboratively by Misericordia University faculty research committee chairs and student interest.

Students presented their findings by delivering 20-minute presentations on their research topics by using either a poster or podium format. The students will have their master's degree conferred in September and graduate in December.

Misericordia University occupational therapy students are encouraged by their professors to also present their studies at professional conferences, such as the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Some of the studies may be published in professional literature.

For more information about the occupational therapy program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.


Misericordia University students in the weekend occupational therapy master's degree program received their pins and presented their capstone research at the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference. They will receive their master's degrees in August. Participating in the program, first row from left, are Michael Sparich, West Deptford, N.J.; Jessica Jansson, Cumbola, Pa.; Melinda Clarke, Duryea, Pa.; Katarzyna Bialek, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Amanda Salak, Kingston, Pa.; Lauren Rauch, Montoursville, Pa.; Neetu Bector, East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Kevin McDonald, Ashley, Pa.; second row, Colleen Magacs, Binghamton, Pa.; Sarah Kirkpatrick, Williamsport, Pa.; Danielle Iozzia, Long Valley, N.J.; Leighanne Murphy, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Diane Brett, Pennsauken, N.J., and Tessa Stoecker, Beacon, N.Y.; third row, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, professor; Dr. Andrea Collins, adjunct faculty; Dr. Orley Tempelton, assistant professor; Alyssa Pomerico, New Castle, Pa.; Rebecca Perterman, Hillsborough, N.J., and Kyle Kurtek, Pottsville, Pa.; fourth row, Mimi Ludwig, adjunct faculty; Dr. Lauren Zack, adjunct faculty; Dr. Jennifer Dessoye, assistant professor; Dr. Eleana DaLomba, assistant professor; Kathleen Hughes Butcher, academic fieldwork coordinator, and Dr. Lori Charney, assistant professor; fifth row, Dr. Lalit Shah, professor; Dr. Gwen Bartolacci, associate professor; Dr. Grace Fisher, professor and chair, and Dr. Dawn Evans, assistant professor.

Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall

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